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Our Fall 2020 classes begin soon! These online classes for adults of all ages and skill levels are part of our larger online programming, including classes for kids and teens. You don't need to have a knowledge of theater to enjoy and learn from our education classes. Questions? Email us.

The Contemporary Classics: Three Plays with Artistic Director Jason Loewith

Fridays, 4:00pm - 5:30pm, September 25- October 30 
Class Fee: $150/$100 for members

Modeled after his popular University of Chicago classes at the Graham School, Artistic Director Jason Loewith takes a deep dive into three classic plays with contemporary relevance over the next six weeks. This is a discussion class, seminar-style, not a lecture! So participants should read the plays beforehand and come ready to give their opinions. No prior experience needed, except a love of theater. Participants don't need to attend every class (but you'll be happy if you do!).

September 25 and October 2:  Angels in America, Parts One and Two by Tony Kushner (1991)

October 9 and 16:  Trouble in Mind by Alice Childress (1955), with a detour into Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury (2018)

October 23 and 30:  Class members will choose one play from the following:  Antigone by Sophocles, Coriolanus by Shakespeare, Mary Stuart by Schiller, Playboy of the Western World by Synge, Enemy of the People by Ibsen, The Cherry Orchard by Chekhov

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Musical Masterclass with Maestro Chris Youstra

Fridays, 6:00pm - 7:30pm, October 2 - November 6
Class Fee: $150/$100 for members

Join Olney Theatre's Director of Musical Theater Chris Youstra as he takes you through an in-depth look at some important musicals of the modern area.  With a focus on the scores, we look at song form, orchestration, lyrics, themes, and other mechanics that make wonderful theater.  These 6 sessions will unlock your appreciation of these beloved pieces:

  1. Chicago - We begin with Kander & Ebb's Chicago and look at the way it has captured our imaginations from the 1980s to today in its original form, as an Oscar-winning success and its powerful and stark revival.
  2. 1776 & Titanic - We look at two powerful and historical musicals with books written by Peter Stone.
  3. The Orchestration of Contemporary Musicals - How has Broadway adjusted the use of orchestras in the last few decades?  Musicals such as Dear Evan Hansen, Hadestown, Spring Awakening, and others will be examined.
  4. Lin Manuel Miranda Pt.1 - In the Heights- Before there was Hamilton, there was In The Heights - in some ways, even more groundbreaking than the show that followed
  5. Lin Manuel Miranda Pt.2 - Hamilton.  You know it, you love it, but what makes it work so well?  
  6. The Lyrics of Howard Ashman (with music by Alan Menken). He taught a mermaid to sing and a beast to love - and even taught a plant to kill.  We look at Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid and other pieces as we examine the mastery of this lyricist who died much too soon
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